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Might contain nudity
Using buckets, water, soap and lather, the dancers in LAVAGEM by the Brazilian choreographer Alice Ripoll explore the action of scrubbing as a theatrical gesture and historical fact. Their mothers, grandmothers and ancestors worked as cleaners their whole lives, yet it didn’t stop the dominant white caste considering black people dirty. The dancers exploit this ambivalence during the performance in order to produce images. The lather from the soap turns the black bodies white and the bubbles suggest a dreamlike world, yet by its very nature soap is also a source of frustration as it stops them from staying upright, forcing them apart or having to help one other keep on their feet. Following aCORdo and CRIA, Alice Ripoll is back for a third time at the Kunstenfestivaldesarts to present the premiere of LAVAGEM. The study of the notion of “cleanliness” gives Ripoll a new opportunity to dissect the polarised reality of Brazilian society where contact between different sections of the population remains extremely tenuous and a sexist, anti-poor and racist social order persists. It is precisely this that the dancers are challenging while attempting to establish a closer and more direct relationship with the audience in order to overturn social hierarchies and the established relationship between what is happening on stage and the audience.
Director: Alice Ripoll
Original idea: Alan Ferreira
Performers: Alan Ferreira, Hiltinho Fantástico, Katiany Correia, Rômulo Galvao, Tony Hewerton, Tuany Nascimento
Production director: Natasha Corbelino / Corbelino Cultural
Production and set assistant: Thais Peixoto
Photos and teaser: Renato Mangolin
Artistic assistant: Laura Samy
Set designer: Raquel Theo
Costume designer: Paula Ströher
Light designer: Andrea Capella
Tour planning: ART HAPPENS
Special thanks: Alexandre Belfort, Sulamita Costa, Juliana França, André Oliveira, Walace Ferreira, Juliete Schultz, Mauricio Lima, Pedro Bento, Thamires Candida, Dilo Paulo, Diewry Patrick, Lenna Santos de Siqueira, Camila Rocha, Centro Coreográfico da Cidade do Rio de Janeiro, Arnoldo Pereira de Souza, Anita Tandeta, Camila Moura, Renato Linhares, Cecilia Ripoll, Casa de Mystérios e Novidades
Coprodution: Kunstenfetivaldesarts, PACT Zollverein, Kaserne Basel, Wiener Festwochen, Julidans, Festival de la Cité Lausanne, PASSAGES - Festival International
With the support of: Rafael Machado Fisioterapia, Centro Coreográfico do Rio de Janeiro, Kunstenwerkplaats-PianofabriekBack to top
Alice Ripoll was born in Rio de Janeiro. She was studying to be a psychoanalyst at age 21, and took a deviant path to start study dance, once she felt very curious about possibilities of the bodies and movement research. Alice graduated at Angel Vianna's school, which is a very important center for dance and motor rehabilitation, and started to work as a choreographer.
She directed many pieces, performed a few pieces - mostly of herself, and also worked with actors and circus artist. Currently her work embraces contemporary dance and urban dance styles from Brazil, through a research that opens space for the dancers to transform into images the experiences and memories that still live in each one. Alice directs two groups: REC and SUAVE.
Her shows have been performed in several places / festivals in Brazil, such as Panorama Festival, Bienal SESC de Dança, MIT; and abroad: Kampnagel - Internationales Sommerfestival, Zurich Theater Spektakel, Noorderzon Performing Arts, Rencontres Chorégraphiques Internationales de Saine-Saint-Denis; HAU, Kunstenfestivaldesarts, Centre Pompidou, Wiener Festwochen.Back to top